Captain Kelvin James Boston, Sr. (Sunrise, Denver, CO, November 11, 1954 / Sunset, New Orleans, LA August 4, 2020) attended Westminster Hills Elementary School, Shaw Heights Middle School and graduated from Westminster High School in Westminster, CO. He was well known for his high school basketball skills and canny ability to make friends. Throughout his years after leaving Colorado, he remained close friends with several classmates, especially John and Renee Gillespie. After graduating high school, he was nominated by United States Representative Coyners from New York to the Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point in Great Neck, NY in 1972. Kelvin graduated as a Lieutenant specializing in marine transportation, which afforded him to experience maritime service in Alaska, Brazil, Georgia and finally in New Orleans where he became the first African American Off-Shore Pilot. He also became an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in New Orleans, LA. In 1990 Kelvin was commissioned by the Governor of Louisiana as a Pilot for the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association. Later, in 2003, he was commissioned by the Governor as a member of the Board of Examiners for New Orleans and Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots for the Mississippi River. During his time as a Pilot, he created the Merchant Marine Minority Organization (M 3 ) to help expand diversity in the Maritime industry in New Orleans, LA. Kelvin worked tirelessly until his official retirement in 2018. In 2019 he became an adjunct Professor for Delgado Community College in the Merchant Marine Department. He is survived by wife, Shenelle Boston; children, Christian Kyle, Kelvin James, II, Kameron Joseph, Sameera Chanel, Jesus Zoan and Jordan Exodus; Father, Joseph N.; sister, Cheryl (Brockington); niece, Velena R. (AJ'anea, Jaylen and Jayden) and nephew Derrick N; brother, Waymonn, as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A private (family invite only) funeral service honoring the life of Captain Kelvin James Boston, Sr. will be held in the Chapel of Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10 a.m.Interment: Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124. Visitation 9 a.m. in the chapel.
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